The deadline is here Queensland, we’re now not allowed to be using single-use plastic.
The ban has officially come into place from September 1 in an effort to clean up the beaches and protect the environment.
It means we can no longer be using plastic straws, cutlery, stirrers, plates and bowls, as well as takeaway containers and cups made of polystyrene.
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It’s hoped the ban will help Queensland reduce plastic pollution by a massive 20 per cent over the next two years.
The deadline for businesses to make the switch was adjusted slightly throughout the coronavirus pandemic but is now in full effect.
Officials from the state government will monitor businesses around the state, ensuring they comply with the rules.
They’ll be issuing warnings and educating those who are found doing the wrong thing for the next month, but then heavy fines will be imposed.
BREAKING: Single-use plastics have been banned in Queensland from today. ❌
This includes items such as single-use plastic straws, stirrers, cutlery and bowls as well as single-use takeaway containers and cups made from expanded polystyrene. pic.twitter.com/4XbxUSB9vT
— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) August 31, 2021